From MTSJ Blog: 13 steps to being a better prepper

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Survival Saturday is back after a couple of week absence. Just in time to break up the bird-hunting and Ethan Becker posts.

Our friends at MTJS Blog run some material from their extensive archives on their Facebook page from time to time. This excellent piece caught my attention because rather than being simply a list of skills to learn, it makes you think about where you are in your own survival and prepping journey, and lays out a great framework for improvement.

As is my habit when I share a list, I am only going to excerpt one example. You need to visit MTJS to see the rest.

#7 is among my favorites:

Incorporate survivalism into your everyday life.

Put what you’ve learned to good use by incorporating it into your life. Take regular camping trips, start barbecues with firesteels, make pine needle tea in the evenings, go mushroom hunting and herb scavenging around your area for ingredients to use in your kitchen – use that knowledge you have as regularly as possible so you won’t forget it!

I bug my wife a bit doing this sort of thing frequently, especially with wild edibles, but she doesn’t make a fuss because I am usually teaching something to one of the kids while doing so.

Do you have anything you would add to this list? How many of these things were you already doing? Did one point spur you to further action?


  1. stuartb says:

    It’s always good to practice, once in a while at work I try to do something professionally, you never know when that skill you learn might come in handy

  2. cmeat says:

    my neighbor has a mean chocolate mint patch that i try to incorporate into some barbancourt from time to time.
    in ’07 i had the kids gather up a bucket full of cicadas to release in the yard so that 17 years from then we might have more popping up by the house.
    we stir fried six of them and each ate two. the boy said “like popcorn”, the girl, “tastes like peanuts.”

  3. Chuck Pelto says:

    RE: Step 14 — Learn Tactical Combat Skills

    When the SHTF, there are going to be a LOT of ‘Reavers’ out there. Be ready to (1) avoid and/or (2) deal with them.

    If they [Reavers] take the ship, they’ll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing – and if we’re very, very lucky, they’ll do it in that order. — Zoe from Firefly describing Reavers

  4. Gordon says:

    I have been deliberately learning some skills. I need to learn more. I plant fruit trees and berry bushes in vacant lots near where I live. When The Day the EBT Cards Stop Working comes, it’s going to be ugly around here for a while.

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